The Aloha State is yet another West Coast state where you can smoke and grow weed, but unlike the other four Pacific Coast states, it has not decriminalized or legalized marijuana. Possession of less than 1 oz of marijuana can get you 30 days in jail in Hawaii if you aren’t using it with a doctor recommendation. It makes you wonder, though, how much of a big deal it is in Hawaii. There are pictures of President Obama smoking a joint in Hawaii, yet he was never arrested. I guess times have changed.
One noticeable change is the ability to smoke marijuana for medical reasons. They have an active medical marijuana program that is approved for treating cachexia, cancer, chronic pain, Crohn’s disease, epilepsy (and other seizure disorders), glaucoma, HIV or AIDS, lupus, Multiple Sclerosis, nausea, persistent muscle spasms, PTSD, Rheumatoid arthritis, and seizures. Hawaii medical marijuana patients can possess up to four ounces of usable marijuana (bud) for personal use. Medical patients can legally grow up to seven plants at a time.
For the most part, Hawaii is a pretty relaxed state when it comes to growing marijuana. Their medical marijuana program allows the use of caregivers, and caregivers only need to be 18 years old. If you aren’t a patient or caregiver, the law is very gray about how much trouble you could get in for growing a few plants. Except for specific laws prohibiting growing on other people’s property and growing where children are present, there are no laws for setups less than 25 plants. You can only assume it is the same as possession. Personal weed growing in Hawaii may be as laid back as the surf shops.
Weed growing in Hawaii is a bit unlike other states. Yes, they allow their medical marijuana patients to grow plants - up to seven mature plants - but they are the only state to make laws specifically relating to guerilla growing. If you aren’t familiar with guerilla growing, you can learn about it in the Marijuana Grow Bible. This type of growing uses the natural environment to provide a healthy and discrete location for small grows. The small island of Hawaii apparently is not fond of the practice because they made it a 10 year felony. Ten years in jail for planting a seed in nature?
Growing in Hawaii
Hawaii is pretty strict when it comes to certain things – such as carrying large amounts of marijuana or growing around kids. However, weed growing in Hawaii as well as simple possession charges, qualify for a conditional release. This means that first-time offenders are frequently given probation instead of jail time. So, if you are in the process of getting medical approval, or simply can’t find a patient to grow for, there’s a good chance you won’t get into too much trouble. I mean, it is only marijuana. Of course, it makes the most sense to simply register as a patient or caregiver and grow legally. You never know, you might become the President some day.